REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: Republic of El Salvador
CANDIDATE: Ronald Douglas Johnson
Ronald Johnson, has served the United States government for over four decades, first as an officer in the U.S. Army, and then as a member of the intelligence community. At present, Mr. Johnson is the Central Intelligence Agency’s Science and Technology Liaison to the U.S. Special Operations Command, in Tampa, Florida. Previously (2013 -2107), he was Special Advisor to the U.S. Southern Command in Miami managing collaboration between the Command and the Intelligence Community, the State Department, the CDC, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, USAID and others. He had substantive engagement on a wide range of regional issues including refugees, counter-narcotics, counter terrorism, human rights and tropical virus disease control. He lived in Latin America for over five years and traveled extensively throughout the region. This extensive regional experience, keen understanding of U.S. policy priorities, and his demonstrated ability to work effectively on a complex array of issues in the interagency environment, make him an excellent candidate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador
Mr. Johnson also held various other assignments, including as the Deputy Special Advisor to the Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command (2006 – 2008) and as a senior officer at CIA headquarters, Langley, VA. Mr. Johnson served in the U.S. Army from 1984 – 1998 and retired as a Colonel. Prior to that, he had served in the Alabama Army National Guard, enlisting as a private in 1971 and reaching the rank of Captain before going on to active duty in the Army in 1984.
Mr. Johnson earned his B.S. from the University of the State of New York, and his M.S. from the National Intelligence University. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his service. Mr. Johnson speaks Spanish.